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Central Highlands Family Violence-Creative and Therapeutic Services

Western region

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The Central Highlands Family Violence - Creative and Therapeutic Services (FV-CaTS) supports babies, children and adolescents, and their caregivers to recover from family violence.

FV-CaTS partnership

FV-CaTS is a collaborative partnership between:

Eligibility

The FV-CaTS program is available to babies, children, adolescents, women and families that have or are experiencing family violence.

This free service is for victim survivors living in the local government areas of:

  • Ararat
  • Ballarat
  • Golden Plains
  • Hepburn
  • Moorabool
  • The Pyrenees.

Services available

Phone consultations to parents or caregivers of children who have experienced family violence to help them:

  • respond to their children in the present
  • consider the ongoing therapeutic support options for them and their children.

Preliminary sessions with babies, children and young people and their caregiver to help them communicate and adapt during times of change and assess future therapeutic needs.

  • Individual sessions for babies, children and young people with their caregiver.
  • Individual sessions for people aged 15 years and over.

A women’s counselling program is also available, with a focus on diversity and the LGBTIQ+ community who have experienced family violence.

The FV-CaTS partnership includes WRISC’s Van Go Children’s Creative Therapies Program, which is an innovative model of child-centred creative therapeutic services. It includes group therapy for infants, children and adolescents who have experienced family violence.

Restoring Childhood also runs a Peek-A-Boo Club, a facilitated group program for infants and caregivers who have been exposed to family violence. The group helps caregivers respond to their infant’s developmental and attachment needs. It recognises that infants have their own experience of family violence. To learn more about the Peek-A-Boo Club, go to Research Gate: The Peek-A-Boo Club: Group Work for Infants and Mothers Affected by Family Violence.

How to access services

Families can refer their children to FV-CaTS. If you live in the Central Highlands area in Western Victoria, please contact:

Berry Street’s Restoring Childhood service
Phone 03 5330 5000
Email rcwintake@berrystreet.org.au

WRISC’s Van Go Children's Creative Therapies Program
Phone 03 5333 3666
Email vango@wrisc.org.au

Ballarat Community Health
Phone 03 5338 4500
Email familyviolence@bchc.org.au

Referrals from other organisations

A range of services and programs can refer to FV-CaTS, including:

For organisational referrals to Restoring Childhood, email rcwintake@berrystreet.org.au

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